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Reuters photographer Ricardo Moraes spent time documenting a religious fraternity called O Caminho, (The Way), a group of Franciscan monks and nuns who help the homeless on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. They consider the election of Pope Francis, the first pontiff to take the name of St Francis of Assisi, to be a confirmation of their beliefs in poverty and simplicity. -- Reuters ( 20 photos total)
Brother Jose Wellington Damasio Antonio, a member of the Franciscan fraternity O Caminho, prays in the chapel of fraternity's house in the Campo Grande neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro on April 2. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)     

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SMILING POPE
SMILING POPE: Madrid Archbishop Antonio Maria Rouco Varela watched as Pope Benedict XVI put on a hat at a welcoming ceremony there as part of World Youth Day festivities Thursday. In hard-hit Spain, the pope denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality that is behind Europe’s economic crisis. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

THUMBS-UP
THUMBS-UP: Vice President Joe Biden and his granddaughter Naomi Biden, left, visited a restaurant in Beijing Thursday. Mr. Biden will visit China, Mongolia and Japan. (Ng han Guan-Pool/Getty Images)

REBEL RESTS
REBEL RESTS: A rebel took cover from mortar shelling in an unfinished mosque near Sabratha, Libya, Wednesday. Rebels claimed control of the city. Meanwhile, explosions shook the capital Thursday, possibly striking near Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s compound. (Marc Hofer/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

DISTRAUGHT
DISTRAUGHT: Bibi Hur cried over her injured daughter at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, Thursday. The woman lost three of her children and two were injured by a roadside bomb that killed at least 21 passengers traveling on a minibus in Obe, Afghanistan. (Hoshang Hashimi/Associated Press)

CABBAGE PATCH
CABBAGE PATCH: A woman harvested cabbages in a field at a state farm on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, Thursday. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

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YOGA ON WALL STREET
YOGA ON WALL STREET: A woman practiced yoga outside the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. The Dow industrials fell below 11000 in a broad selloff on the first trading session since Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating late Friday. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

RIOT RAGE
RIOT RAGE: A man walked past a burning car in the Hackney section of North London on Monday. Pockets of rioting and looting continued after rioting first broke out in the Tottenham section on Saturday. People were initially protesting over a man’s shooting death. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

FACING A GUN
FACING A GUN: A government soldier pointed a gun at a woman holding a baby just before a stampede broke out at the gates of a makeshift hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday. The United Nations airlifted aid to Mogadishu for the first time since Islamist fighters withdrew from the city over the weekend. (Antoine de Ras/European Pressphoto Agency)

IN THE FRAY
IN THE FRAY: A supporter of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko walked in front of police at a protest near a Kiev court Monday. The court rejected lawyers’ requests to free Ms. Tymoshenko during her abuse of office trial. She says the case is an attempt to bar her from future elections. (Sergey Dolzhenko/European Pressphoto Agency)

STREET SHOOTING
STREET SHOOTING: A police officer looked at a bicycle on a street in north Minneapolis Sunday. Police said the bike’s teenage owner was shot by another group of teenagers who were also on bicycles. The victim was listed in critical condition. No arrests were made immediately. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press)

STEAM AND PRESS
STEAM AND PRESS: A woman ironed miters Monday at a workshop in Villaviciosa de Odón, Spain, for bishops who will participate with the pope during World Youth Day activities. Up to one million pilgrims are expected to attend the event in Madrid Aug. 16-21, organizers say. (Sergio Perez/Reuters)

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